IN-PERSON: Live at Fort Greene!
Thursday, March 24, 7:30 PM ET
Book Launch: Elaine Hsieh Chou presents Disorientation: A Novel
In conversation with Larissa Pham
Greenlight is proud to showcase exciting new voices in literary fiction and to welcome author Elaine Hsieh Chou to our Fort Greene stage to present her debut novel, Disorientation—an uproarious and bighearted story of a Taiwanese American woman’s coming-of-consciousness that ignites chaos on a college campus. Twenty-nine-year-old PhD student Ingrid Yang is desperate to finish her dissertation on the late canonical poet Xiao-Wen Chou and never read about “Chinese-y” things again. But after years of grueling research, all she has to show for her efforts are junk food addiction and stomach pain. When she accidentally stumbles upon a curious note in the Chou archives one afternoon, she convinces herself it’s her ticket out of academic hell. But Ingrid’s in much deeper than she thinks. Her clumsy exploits to unravel the note’s message lead to an explosive discovery, upending not only her sheltered life within academia but her entire world beyond it. Join us for an evening celebrating the launch of this outrageously hilarious and startlingly tender novel with Chou, in conversation with Brooklyn artist and author of Pop Song Larissa Pham, for an exploration of privilege and power in America, individual complicity, unspoken rage, and who gets to tell our stories.
Elaine Hsieh Chou photo credit: Cindy Trinh
A Taiwanese American woman’s coming-of-consciousness ignites eye-opening revelations and chaos on a college campus in this outrageously hilarious and startlingly tender debut novel
Like a song that feels written just for you, Larissa Pham's debut work of nonfiction captures the imagination and refuses to let go.